NKU, Amazon partner to offer workers educational opportunities

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Hourly employees at Amazon will now have access to nearly all undergraduate opportunities at Northern Kentucky University, the school announced Friday.

Amazon selected the Highland Heights campus as an education partner for the company’s Career Choice Program, which offers full tuition for college and other benefits.

“NKU is honored to be partnering with Amazon, which shares our values of student success and regional engagement,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya, in the announcement. “Through this partnership, we will help equip students with the necessary tools to succeed in the ever-changing workforce.” 

Amazon, the massive online retailer, operates a $1.5 billion air hub operation at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

In addition to full college tuition opportunities, Amazon’s Career Choice program, the company said, also assists with industry certifications, English language proficiency, high school diplomas, and GEDs.

In the announcement, Amazon said that it is investing $1.2 billion to train more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help them move into higher-paying jobs.

Amazon hourly employees will now have access to more than eighty undergraduate degree programs and other credential offerings at NKU on campus, online, or hybrid. Full-time employees are eligible for up to $5,250 in tuition, fees, and course materials, the announcement said. Part-time employees are eligible for up to $2,625. The benefit is available to Amazon employees after ninety days of employment.

The announcement Friday described the Career Choice program’s selection process for third-party partner educators like NKU as “rigorous” and that partners selected “are focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements and offering education that leads to overall career success.”

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“We’re looking forward to Northern Kentucky University coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thiemann, global program lead of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally cultivated a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. Today, over 80,000 Amazon employees around the world have already participated in Career Choice and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

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